SUMMER is sorted for Cork's GAA players after a full Master Fixture Plan for all County Leagues and championship games for 2020 has been approved by the CCC of the Cork County GAA Board.
It is a very comprehensive plan, constructed in the main by County Board Secretary Kevin O’Donovan but one that will provide clubs and players alike with a path that they can follow for the season.
On the football front it’s a very early start with the county leagues getting underway on the first Sunday in February.
Two weeks later the hurling leagues swing into action and in all divisions the action will continue right through to the weekend of July 19th when it is planned to play all the finals.
County Board PRO, Joe Blake told the Echo that it was a full and comprehensive plan that will allow the clubs of the county and the players to be able to plan for the year ahead.
“That was very important, setting out the plan early for the benefit of those who will be working and involved with it.
“County Board Secretary Kevin O’Donovan has been working on it since county convention and it took many hours to come up with the final draft.
“The full plan is being issued to the clubs this week and it has already been approved by the CCC of the County Board.’’
Mr Blake stressed that there was one important change to the Under-21 A football championship this season.
“Yes, this season only eight teams will proceed to the knockout stages, the seven divisional winners and Beara.
“In the past you had 16 teams going forward but it’s just eight now.’’
The initial round of the county championships will be run off between the 3rd of April and the 17th of May and subsequently from July 17th onwards.
Under-21 AB and C Football- only Divisional winners (and Beara in ‘A’) to proceed to County stages with County quarter-finals scheduled for Saturday, March 28th (Divisional Rounds on Feb 1st, Feb 8th, Feb 15th, March 7th & March 21st
Premier One and Two hurling will have 12 and 16 teams, respectively and will be played on a knockout basis starting in mid-August.
Gradings and Draws to follow Junior B and C Draws will take place at next week’s board meeting and games will then be added to the Master fixture plan.
Competitions to start in mid-April.
Divisions? Colleges: With UCC, CIT and Imokilly (hurling) and Duhallow (football) receiving byes to the semi-finals of the Divisions / Colleges rounds of the County Competitions, the remaining teams will play-off in two groups of 3, with four teams then playing semi-finals and Finals across the following 5 Wednesdays, May 20th, 27th, June 3rd, 10th, and 17th.
Junior A County deadlines: due to the decision made nationally to bring the All-Ireland Club semi-finals into December in 2020 and the subsequent effect on Munster deadlines, the start dates for the Junior A Hurling and Football County stages are w/e Sept 6th and 13th, respectively and will have to be strictly applied with.